Monday, October 1, 2012

The Higher Faculties of the Mind

Higher Faculties of the Mind     

At Quest Martial Arts we talk about the five senses sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste as our antennas or receptors for getting information that we perceive from our world.  There are also other senses that masters’ use called higher faculties of the mind. 

The word “Education” comes from the Latin word “Educo” which means to educe, develop or to draw from within. An educated person is a person who has so developed the faculties of their mind that they can acquire anything they want or its equivalent without violating the rights of others.

The first of the higher faculties is Perception- This gives us our point of view.  It is conditioned by the way you have been taught in life and which you believe to be the truth.  The incredible thing about perception is we can alter it by choice and our whole world can change for the better. 

Second is Reason- it is the power to use our conscious mind to choose what we believe.  We become what we think about.

 Third is The Will - willpower is the ability to hold on to one positive idea without becoming distracted by a negative thought or distraction. We use this to stay mentally focused on our goal regardless of our current circumstance or situation.

The fourth faculty is Memory- Have you ever heard or said “I have a bad memory?” I think most of us would admit having said or heard that at least once in our lives.  The truth is that there are no bad memories just untrained ones. Work your memory like any other muscle. You use it or lose it.

The fifth faculty is Imagination- As little children we used this all the time until one day some well meaning adult or significant teacher in our lives told us to stop daydreaming.  It seems that the older we get the more we filter incoming words and ignore the 90% or more of unspoken communication.  When you put creative thought to work in your mind and become an imaginer you can create your dream life in your mind.  Hold on to that thought with willpower and manifest what you want into your material life.

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